AKU GSMC Media Innovation Centre Innovators-in-Residence Program 2021 (Win $20,000)

AKU GSMC Media Innovation Centre invites applications for the Innovators-in-Residence Program in 2021.

The AKU GSMC Media Innovation Centre, together with its partners DW Akademie and Media Challenge Initiative (MCI) is looking for the brightest media minds from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania to join its 2021-2022 Innovators-in-Residence program, a 12-month incubation, and accelerator program that provides mentorship, training, and coaching to media innovators in East Africa. It wants to ensure innovators from both rural and urban areas get access to this program and for this reason, this year’s cohort will include a special track for rural innovators.

Worth of Award

The 9 winning teams, 4 from Uganda, 4 from Tanzania, and one from Kenya will join
the programme for a period of 12 months and receive the following benefits to turn
their ideas into successful products.

• A physical space in your home country to work and connect with a regional
network of game-changers in the media space.

• Expert coaching and mentorship based on the innovator’s needs as well as
high-quality training by experienced professionals drawn from journalism and

• Become a lifetime member of our young and growing community of journalism
and media innovators.

• Monthly stipend of $1,000 per team.

• Grant Funding of up to $20,000.

Applicants are encouraged to apply as pre-formed teams of journalists, storytellers, visual artists, data analytics specialists, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, cartoonists, illustrators, coders, programmers, and/or animators, who will work as a team to create viable solutions to the pressing challenges of the East African media landscape. Individual applicants who do not yet have pre-formed teams are welcome to apply but should be ready to build a team once they qualify for our programme.


Media innovators from Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. Journalists and innovators
based in rural areas are especially encouraged to apply.

• Innovators working in pre-formed teams or those applying as individuals but
are willing to team up for this programme. Innovators can only apply in teams
of 2-5 members.

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• Projects producing content in any East African language are welcome to apply.
Applications must be submitted in English.

• Projects that address journalism and media challenges other than storytelling are welcome. Apps and projects that support journalists and existing media houses in their work are invited to apply.

• Participants must be above the age of 18 years.

How to Apply

Being cognizant of the challenges that applicants may encounter while applying
online, several options have been provided:

  • For online applicants: If you have access to a reliable internet connection, please submit your application via a google form here.
  • For offline applicants: If you do not have access to a reliable internet connection, please consider the following options:
    Option A
    Send your application via WhatsApp to the secure line. If you prefer this option, WhatsApp, text or call this number +254780993137 and the application questions will be sent to you immediately. Please respond to the application questions before the deadline.

You can also drop your application at the office. If you prefer this option, please collect a physical application form from the office and ensure the filled application form is delivered before the deadline.

Media Innovation Centre,
2nd floor,
06 Peponi Road, Westlands, Nairobi, Kenya.

Option B
You could visit the offices in Nairobi Kampala and Dar es Salaam and you will be provided with an internet-connected computer to make your application online. Please notify the respective hub at least a day before for ease of access.

Option C
Send your application through the partner organizations. If you prefer this option, please collect a physical application form from the partners’ office and ensure the filled application form is delivered before the deadline.

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For Ugandan applicants, you can collect and drop your filled application form in the following partner offices: (partners to provide phone numbers and physical addresses)
i. The Innovation Village (Jinja)
The Innovation Village Jinja
Plot 5 Main Street, Jinja
Opposite Local Flavours and DHL.
ii. Northern Uganda Media Club (NUMEC) in Gulu,
Northern Uganda Media Club,
P. o Box 126
Upper Churchill Drive
Gulu City, Uganda

Media Challenges Initiative (MCI) in Kampala
MCI Media Hub
Roof Top, Tirupati Mall,
Kabalagala, Kampala
+256775434172/ +256705807674
iv. Aga Khan University, Kampala
Aga Khan University
Plot 9/11, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi Road
P. O. Box 8842
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256 414 349 494

For Tanzanian applicants, you can collect and drop your filled application form in the following partner organizations:
i. Ennovate Hub in Mwanza.
Flat 5&6, Second Floor,
Academic Block,
St Augustine’s University of Tanzania, Malimbe, Mwanza.
ii. Tanzania Media Foundation in Dar-es-Salaam
Tanzania Media Foundation,
No. 2, Plot 18
Dahomey Street, Kinondoni, next to the Leaders grounds.
iii. The Aga Khan University offices
Salama House
Urambo Street

Deadline: The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 31, 2021.


Click here for more details and to apply